Trial begins on Arkansas law banning mask mandates

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge is holding a trial on whether to strike down a state law he’s temporarily blocked that bans mask mandates by schools and other governmental entities.

The trial begins Monday before Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox, who in August issued a preliminary injunction preventing the state from enforcing the ban.

Fox in August ruled the law violates Arkansas’ constitution, saying it discriminates between public and private school students.

He said it also infringes on the governor’s emergency powers, as well as the authority of county officials and the state Supreme Court.

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